DIY Open back top and ruffle back skirt

DIY Open back top and ruffle back skirt
When it comes to deciding what to make, I generally have something in mind based on a look that inspired me.  I then look for a pattern similar that will allow me to make alterations.  The process for this look was quite different! While browsing one of my favorite sites M’oda O’perandi,  I fell in love with this Oscar De La Renta top.  It’s adorable, feminine and sexy all at the same time.  Instead of looking for a pattern to alter, I instead used my dress form and created the pattern myself.  It’s pretty much a shell top with the back bottom half removed and replaced with two very long ties.  
The skirt was a complete after thought.  I didn’t have enough fabric for a pattern, so I draped it using the dress form.  Created a fitted A-line effect in the front and cascading ruffle draping in the back. Added a back zipper and partially lined the skirt.  In the future I will definitely cut non stretch fabric on the bias for a look like this for a better fit.
The fabric used was this plum cotton brocade from  It’s a lightweight viscose brocade fabric that’s a very easy fabric to cut and sew.  This fabric has no stretch and would move a bit nicer with a lining.
Clutch-DIY made here
Heels- Barney’s New York on sale here

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  1. June 25, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Love this! I'm so intimidated by draping and I really want to learn! Hopefully I'll be inspired to try after seeing your lovely creation!

  2. June 26, 2015 / 4:36 am

    I love the open back and that cascading ruffle is amazing. I can't believe you just draped some fabric and out came that gorgeous frock! So inspiring!

  3. June 27, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Hi, love your classy style and all around lifestyle blog! Well I love sewing and Louboutins too (haha) and mixing those. You can check my site in Finland here or follow me on, thank you 🙂

  4. Tem
    June 29, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Abosolutely in love with this dress!

  5. Ava
    May 10, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I’d buy your tutorial – if you have one. This is gorgeous. Perfect for a June wedding I have to attend. Love it.

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